The Government has now confirmed that Civil Service pensions will rise by 6.7% from 8 April 2024. The pension increase is in line with the annual increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The increase applies to all Civil Service pensions that have been in payment for at least 12 months in April, with pro-rata […]

Homing in: How to improve the lives of older renters in Scotland

Independent Age’s research shows that Scotland’s rented sector is not working for older people who live on low and fixed incomes. We found that over one third (34%) of older private renters have felt anxious about paying their rent and 28% have less than £200 disposable income per month after they pay rent. Half of older […]

‘Stealth tax’ will hit 900,000 pensioners from April

The Daily Telegraph reported this week that an additional 900,000 pensioners will start paying tax on part of their State Pension for the first time from April, because of the freezing of the basic tax threshold since April 2021. The threshold at which 20% tax becomes payable has remained at £12,570 per year for the […]

Independent Age

Our fellow-campaigners at Independent Age are campaigning for the appointmentof Commissioners for Older People and Ageing in Scotland and in England, a causewe at CSPA share. We have seen impressive, recent examples of how successfulthis form of cross-governmental working can be in both Wales and NorthernIreland.The General Secretary recently met with Independent Age’s Chief Executive,Joanna […]

Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

Members may recall our website article before Christmas (December 11, 2023)about the worrying clause in the new ‘Data Protection and Digital Information Bill’which would give the Department of Work and Pensions the right to access socialsecurity claimants’ finances, including those receiving child benefit and a StatePension. You can view our article here –MP criticises Government […]

Civil Service Pension Scheme – new administrator from December 2025

The Cabinet Office Pensions team has confirmed to CSPA that Capita Business Services Ltd (Capita) have been awarded the contract to administer the Civil Service Pension Scheme, from December 2025, following a long procurement selection process. The current service provider, MyCSP, will continue to administer the scheme during the two-year transitional period to December 2025. The new […]

Free webinar: How to avoid the 12 scams of Christmas

We have received the following email (below) from AbilityNet regarding a free webinar on How to avoid the 12 Scams of Christmas. They have asked us to share this with our members. In the webinar you can learn how to protect yourself and others from the most common online scams that can be especially rife around […]

Civil Service Pensions set to rise by 6.7% from April as CPI inflation confirmed

Civil Service pensions are set to increase by 6.7% from 8 April 2024 following this morning`s announcement by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the Consumer Prices Index for September remains at 6.7%. The annual pension increase is underpinned by a statutory link to the inflation rate in the preceding September. The ONS announcement also means […]

Report of Annual General Meeting

This was held in Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth (near Coventry) on October 11th and 12th. The Branch was represented by Christine McGiveron and Wilson Macdonald (Executive Council members), Cherry Dolan (delegate) and Michael Kirby (sponsored representative). The AGM was opened at 14.00 by the Deputy Mayor of the town of Kenilworth, Alan Chalmers. The new […]